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FEBRUARY 2002 • VOLUME 22 • #2

SCHEDULE W= Women M= Men

R= Rhythmic GG = Group Gymnastics

TR = Trampoline TU =Tumbling

NOTE: Dates and events subject to change or cancel/ation.





FEBRUARY 8-9 14-16 16-17 16-24 21-28

USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Challenge (MI Rhythmic Invitational (RI Rhythmic Challenge (RI NatL Team Training Camp (WI Junior National Team Training Camp (MI

Las Vegas, NV Colo_ Springs, CO Colo_ Springs, CO Houston,TX Colo_ Springs, CO


2 2 1-2 6-13 16-17 23-24 TBO

One Day Boot Camp/Business Conference for Club Owners Orlando, FL Elite Podium Meet (WI Orlando, FL Orlando, FL Visa American Cup (M/WI Broadcast -Visa American Cup NBC Sports 1:00-3:00p EST Orlando, FL National Elite Qualifier (WI Orlando, FL National Team Training Camp (WI Houston, TX (#1 of 21 Levell 0 State Meets (WI (' see belowl Various Sites (#2 of 21 Levell 0 State Meets (WI (' see abovel Various Sites American Challenge / American Classic (WI TBO

NBC Sports B:00-9:00p EST 11 16-18 25 FIG 24 27 -29

Broadcast- U.s_ Gymnastics Championships (WI NBC Sports 7:00-8:00p EST FIG World Cup Series (TR/TUI World Cup Series (TR/TU I National Gymnastics Day Sports Aero World Championships (ACROI

13-14 18-20 18-23 20-21 27-28 TBD TBD 30-May 6

NCAA National Championships (M) NCAA Regionals (W) Level 9/1 0 Regional Championships (W) USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships (M/W)

Norman, OK Various Sites Various Sites Springfield, MA Springfield College Level 10 Regional Championships (W) Various Sites NCAA National Championships (W) Tuscaloosa, AL Senior NationalTeam Training Camp (M) Colo_ Springs, CO NatL Compo Team Invitational Level 5-6 Joliet, IL Level 9 East/West Championships (W) E- Orlando, FL W- Rapid City, SO 2nd Information Meeting, 2003 World Gymnaestrada (GG) Lisbon, POR American Team Cup (M/W) TBD Vancouver, B_C CAN Pacific Alliance Championships (M/W/R - Sr/Jr.1 J.O. National Championships (M) J.O. National Championships (W) J.O. National Championships - Individual & Group (RI Senior National Team Training Camp (MI Internationol Friendship Camp (W)

San Diego, CA Landover, MD Houston, TX Colo. Springs, CO Houston, TX

9-16 14-16 15-16 21-23

Junior National Team Training Camp (M) NatL Opt. Team Invitational Level 7-10 Level 9 Championships ( RI National Gym Fest & Team Gymm Nationals (GG)

Colo_ Springs, CO Joliet, IL San Rafael, CA Sea World Orlando, FL


Broadcast- American Team Cup (M/WI NBC Sports TBD Notional Qualifier (M) U.S. Challenge (W)

TBD Colo. Springs, CO TBD

Rhythmic Western (R) J.O. Nationol Championships (TR/TU) U.S. Clossic / U.S. Challenge (WI Rhythmic World Championships - Group ( R) Future Stars/Junior Development Team Camp (M) Rhythmic Eastern ( RI

Portland, OR Indianapolis, IN Virginia Beach, VA 12New Orleans, LA Colo. Springs, CO New Orleans, LA


29 TBO

JULY 6-7 10-16 12-14 14 14-21 TBD

AUGUST 7-10 8-10 8-10 10

Riesa, GER


Broadcast- U_S_ Gymnastics Championships(M) NBC Sports 4:30-6:00p EST

Cleveland, OH


Reese's Gymnastics Cup Senior National Team Training Camp (MI

Seattle, WA Colo_ Springs, CO

NOVEMBER 1-2 13-17 15-18 16 20-24 23

FIG Congress Future Stars National Camp/Coaches Workshop (MI Sports Aero World Age Group Games (ACROI Broadcast- Reese's Gymnastics Cup NBC Sports 4:00-6:00p EST Artistic World Championships (M/WI World Cup Final (TR/TU)




Athens, GRE Colo_ Springs, CO Zielona Gora, POL Seattle, WA Oebrecea, HUN Hannover, GER


MARCH TBO Visa American Cup (M/W) March or April TBO American Team Cup (M/W)

Fairfax, VA TBO

APRIL 5-6 12 12-13 24-26 25-27

Level 9/1 0 Regionals (WI NCAA Regionals (W) Level 10 Regionals (W) NCAA National Championships (W) Level 9 East/West Championships (W)

Various Sites Various Sites Various Sites TBO TBO

J.O. National Championships (W) J.O. National Championships (MI

TBO Savannah, GA

FIG World Gymnaestrada (GG) U.S. Gymnastics Championships (M/W/R/TR/TU)

Lisbon, POR TBO

Pan American Games (M/W/R) Artistic World Championships (M/W) World University Games (M/W/R) National Congress

Santo Domingo, DOM Anaheim, CA Taegu, KOR Anaheim, CA

MAY 2-4 6-11


MAY 1-5 3-5 3-5 28 -June 5 TBD

Cleveland, OH Edmonton, CAN 23Greensboro, NC


APRIL 4-6 6 6-7 10-13

Cleveland, OH

U.S. Gymnastics Championships (M/W/R/TR/TU) USA Gymnastics National Congress USA Gymnastics National Congress Fest Broadcast- U.S. Gymnastics Championships (W)

Cleveland, OH Cleveland, OH Cleveland, OH


20-26 TBO

AUGUST 1-17 16-24 21-31 TBO


Maastricht, NED


Trampoline World Championships (TR)

Hannover, GER


Reese's Gymnastics Cup PAGU Jr. Interdub Championships (M/W/R Group Jr/Sr) PAGU Children's Interdub Championships (M/W/R) GUA Four Continents Championships ( R)




Colo. Springs, CO USA TBD VEN


FEBRUARY Feb. or Mar. TBO Visa American Cup (M/W)


MARCH Mar. or April TBD American Team Cup (M/W)



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Rhythmic World Championships - Individual & Group ( RI


NCAA Regionals (W)

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Dear Members, Sports Acrobatics, a sport involving a combination of dance, tumbling, and acrobatic ski lls, is very excited to take its place as USA Gymnastics' newest discipline! The merger, effective January 1, 2002, is a step forward for Sports Acrobatics and provides new, exciting opportunities for USA Gymnastics members. Sports Acrobatics was formerly governed by the International Federation of Sports Acrobatics (IFSA), which merged with the Internationa l Gymnastics Federation (FIG) in 1999. This, along with the goal of sports acrobatics someday becoming an Olympic sport, sparked the merger with USA Gymnastics. Alexa Hukari Senior Program Director Sports Acrobatics

There are five disciplines within the sports acrobatics programs: women's pairs, men's pairs, mixed pairs, women's trios, and men's fours. Each pair/group performs routines featuring gymnastics tumbling skills suc h as sing le, double, or twisting saltos, partner balance and tempo ski lls. Balance skills highlight the athletes' strength and flexibility through pyramids and positions. Tempo skills involve somersaulting and twisting with landings on the floor or catches by a bottom partner. The roots of sports acrobatics lie in the ancient Greek Olympics, although it first emerged in the United States with the acrobats on Muscle Beach, California . Modern -day sports acrobatics came to the U.S. in 1976. Sports Acrobatics can provide a competitive environment for your athletes whose strengths lie in dance and tumbling skills as opposed to other gymnastics events. One of the most positive aspects to sports acrobatics is that athletes of all different heights, weights, and body types can participate. Smaller, more flexible athletes are needed for the top or "flyer" positions, while taller and stronger athletes are ideal for the base positions. In addition, acrobats can range in age anywhere from 5 to 55 years old! There are currently an estimated 1,200 athletes participating in sports acrobatics in the U.S. Sports Acrobatics fosters partnership and team work among athletes in the gym, and helps to develop athletes' interpersonal skills through lasting friendships with their partners. Recently the United States has emerged as a major player in the international arena of sports acrobatics. Beginning with the bron ze medal winning performance of mi xed pair Arthur Davis and Amiee Broncatello at the 2000 Sports Acrobatics World Games, the U.S. has consistently brought medals home from both senior and junior international events. Most recently the U.S. brought home medals from the Sports Acrobatics World Age Group Games in November 2001. The trio of Holly Morris, Samantha Schabow, and Rose Lachman earned a bronze medal in balance and a silver medal over-all. Women's pairs Olivia Solo and Claire Brunson came home with a silver medal over-all, whi le Marie Annonson and Brittany Horrell finished in fourth pla ce over-all. Among the goa ls for the Sports Acrobatics program is to continue this impressive work in the international arena. Athlete development continues to be one of the primary focal points for the program. The Coach's Summit held in December 2001 produced many innovative ideas. A clinic to help coaches develop optional ath letes is planned for February. A Nat ion a l Tea m T r a i n i n g USA Gymnastics Message cant. on pg. 38


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Submitted by : Beth Gardner on behalf of Jeff LuI/a, Linda Thorberg & Patti Komara

""rhis past August, I had the great 1 privilege and honor of participating as a panelist in the Preschool Panel Round Table Discussion at USA Gymnastics National Congress in Philadelphia, It was a wonderful experience and I felt as if I was sitting among giants. I was venj honored. The response we received at the roundtable discussion was great! Roundtables are always great tools for interaction among team coaches, recreational class teachers and preschool teachers. There were many questions directed to the preschool panel, all of which were pertinent to teaching preschool, recreational and team gymnastics. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we were unable to answer all the questions submitted. Still, each of the questions submitted posed valid topics for discussion and warrant further consideration.


Linda Thorberg:

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I need new ways to educate parents other than newsletters. Jeff LuLLa:

Upon enrollment into our "Parent & Tot" classes, parents are given a document identifying the parents "role," rules and g.uidelines for this unique class. Parents are In the interest of continuing the encouraged to work with their child discussion, and responding to as many as their child's first teacher. This of the questions as possible, several of handout also discusses risks and the panelists, as well as other educated warnings on safety concerns unique and knowledgeable preschool minds, to young children in a gymnastics have agreed to review the questions and environment (taken from the KAT provide their opinions and answers for workshop). publication.

I wish to thank those who submitted answers to questions listed below.

Ideas: Bulletin boards in the lobby, with good tips, are always read by waiting parents. Collect newspaper, magazine articles that pertain to child development, kids in sport, safety, etc. Create a scrapbook of these articles and display them in your lobby. This information can provide tips to include in your newsletters. Parent/child classes are a great way to educate parents. You can explain to them the developmental reasons for each activity in each station while they are in class with thei r child. They are your most captive audience. Use it to your advantage. Another idea would be to start out your session/term with a parent tour of your gym, pointing out each station, equipment, and rationale for what the child will be doing in

class. Parents love to get a chance to feel the spring floor and jump on the trampoline. Patti Komara:

I think the best way to educate parents is to actually talk to them in person . Build into your class schedule a time to talk to the parents before and after class. Before class, conversation cou ld sound like this, "Parents, today our lesson plan is called 'Dino-nastics'. We're going to learn about dinosaurs whi le we do gymnastics. It's educationaL skill-bui lding, and fun too!" After class, you could say to them, "Moms and Dads, did you see how we incorporated education into our lesson plan? In the car on the way home ask your child what they learned today. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Remember parents will pay more for education than recreation. Beth Gardner:

Parental education is tough, but it is very important. The more we can educate our parents, the more they will trust us as teachers. Talking to parents is by far the most valuable tool an instructor can use. Investing time to personally discuss such issues as: • the purpose of the lesson plan and activities • safety issues • developmenta lly appropriate skill levels • the progress of their child (this helps develop the parents' trust and respect in the instructor). Parent and child classes are great opportunities for this relationshipbuilding process to begin. I enjoy talking to my parents, because I know that the more I explain to them, the more they will respect and accept me as their child's teacher. Very often, I will casually mention something about the developmental level of their child or make verbal note of the learning style cues to which their child seems to best respond. I find parents immediately take notice to these very small comments and

once they realize I am observing their child closely, they respond with great respect for me, often asking more questions about what I have observed. This opens the door for parent communication and the parents are willing listeners. They love learning about their child, and they truly appreciate someone who invests interest in their child's well being. Another parent educational too l is posting lesson plans and explanations or "logics" of the lesson plans on bulletin boards in the parent observation area or lobby. This demonstrates to the parents there is a goal and a purpose to each activity.

How do we educate the parents regarding appropriate skill levels. which constitute success?

final skill, whether it is a cartwheeL back handspring, or whatever skill you are attempting to teach . Show the parents that your program builds on progressions that lead to higher skill levels. As the child gains appropriate strength, flexibility, and cognitive skills, the parts of a skill will come together. They may observe that their child is never trying "gymnastics skills." What they don't know, and this is where the education is important, is that all the activities in each station that their child is doing will lead to that skill when they are ready mentally and physically. Preschoolers need to develop fine motor skills as well as cognitive activities, locomotor patterns, and coordination skills in addition to "gymnastics" skills for a wellrounded class.

Jeff LuLLa:

Patti Komara:

We begin by first defining success not as the individuals "personal best." If the parent is "expecting" the child to perform specific skills as an indication of success, it may or may not happen . If instead, the parent is taught to appreciate the child's gradual skill learning and growth, without predetermined expectations, both the child and parent will experience greater joy and success.

We have a "Parent Education and Safety Day" the second week of the school year. For the first 15 minutes of each class, the teachers explain a skill progression system to them in detail. The teacher shows the parents their three-ring binder (teacher's book) that includes a class schedule, lesson

This is not to say that skill progressions shouldn't be taught or tracked but on the contrary - doing so provides a tool for measuring such progress. The point is the parent should not be skill oriented, but should focus on the gradual and progressive advancement of learning, regardless of what others may be doing or what you "expect" the child to be able to do. Linda Thorberg:

The KAT workbook and workshop will help with explanations to your parents. Show parents that the progressions their child does in the gym eventually lead to the (


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sport science regarding their child's situation. This not only gives them a bit more information on which to base their opinions, but it also points out to them that I know EXACTLY what I am doing, and I have purpose behind my decisions and actions.

How do you deal with a parent whose expectations are too high? Jeff luLLa:

plan, and rotation schedule in the outside sleeve. The inside of the book includes a class attendance sheet followed by a class progression sheet. On this sheet, the teacher puts the date they introduce a skill to the class. This is an easy way to keep track of the skills taught in each class. Beth Gardner:

Skill sheets are tools for defining which skills will be taught in each class. Our gym is currently reassessing our use of skill sheets and creating new ones, which will better reflect the developmental Level for each class and age group. Once a parent knows which skills their child is ready to attempt, as well as which ski lls they must master prior to advancement, they are much more willing to wait for the "big skilLs." I also find when I explain that we do things in progressions for the safety of their child, they are much Less "pushy." The word "safety" has immense power ... use it...A LOT. Further, if I get the feeling that a parent is becoming impatient regarding their child's advancement, I point out the "industry standards" and current

Learn where these expectations come from and talk with the parent. Perhaps the parent was a talented athlete who never struggled to achieve success in sports. They observe another child, of similar age, that gives them an indication of where their child should be. This concerns them if their child isn't comparable to the athLetic child. Educate these parents to understand that every child is unique and that learning doesn't happen by the clock. Learning sometimes happens quickly followed by plateaus of gradual slow growth. This scenario is more the norm. In most cases, children will learn what they are "ready" to learn based on their aptitude (learning readiness - strength, flexibility, coordination, etc.). They will quickly learn all skills they are strong and flexible enough to learn . Then, to progress to higher and more chalLenging skill levels, they will need to increase their strength, flexibility, etc., and that takes time. If the parent understands the

concept of training to improve aptitude, not just learning skills, she often will enroll in more classes per week to allow for this growth . Frequency of training is the key in strength and flexibility development. (This concept may cause the child to become bored TECHNIQUE â&#x20AC;˘ FEBRUARY 2002

with the program; more is not always better) . linda Thorberg:

Most of the time, parents' expectations can be too high because they donl unde~tand the sport and the amount of repetitions required to achieve learning. The physical and cognitive abiLities of a child also play an important role in accomplishing "skills." Most parents' information about gymnastics comes from TV. They aren't sure what their options for involvement in the sport are until you tell them. They may think your only purpose is to find competitive athLetes for the Olympics. Provide information for them that explains that you teach age appropriate progressions, and what their child does in gymnastics class will enhance many other activities later. Remind the parents that having FUN is an important tool in learning. Beth Gardner:

This is where I like to use mind games. If I see that a parent is expecting too much, I start by praising the child directly for the smallest accomplishments. I make sure the parent hears me praising everything the child accomplishes. Then, I turn to the parent and say, "HEY, MOM, ISN'T THAT AWESOME?" This puts them on the spot to acknowledge their child's progress. Then , I brag to the parent about how well the child is doing . I use phrases like: "Wow, Mom! Do you realize I have kids who NEVER Learn that?" or "THAT is really amazing for her age. Usually, it takes A LOT longer for a kid to learn that!" or, "I am SO proud of how he is learning to do this." I basically start chipping away at their assumed expectations and replacing them with more realistic goals.

How do you deal with a parent who sits and watches a 45-minute class, then complains because, she isn't working hard enough and she is having too much fun? (continued on page 10)

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Jeff LuLla:

Again, education. What is the parent expecting for her child? There are two very different philosophies here:

a. learn as fast and as correctly as possible to move the student up into progressively higher skill and difficulty levels as quickly as possible.

the kids are having fun! I continue by explaining how difficult it is to convince children to do multiple repetitions of any skill, but that if they are having fun, I can get more repetitions from the kids. I build on that by explaining the purpose of the drills and how the kids continue to improve without even realizing it, as long as they don't perceive the activity as "work."

Although, before making this statement you, as a teacher, must feel confident that your program is the BEST and will withstand this We, as teachers, suggestion. cannot please all of the people all of the time but we must abide by our program's philosophy. Explain that a movement education program philosophy is designed to help children develop the natural way, through movement activities.

b. make every class positive, successful and fun causing the student to love the experience, want to return and continue the training for years.

How do I handle a parent who is convinced that their child is better than any other kid in the class?

Patti Komara:

We ensure, from the very beginning of our marketing campaign, that

Research indicates that most children drop out of their favorite sports because it is no longer fun and there is an overemphasis on winning. If the parent really wants their child to "work hard" or be an Olympian (taking the concept to the max.), chances are by keeping classes fun the child will stay involved longer, advance further and remain injury free longer than the fast track approach to coaching. Linda Thorberg:

Check with the teacher to see if he/she feels the child is working on appropriate skills. An experienced teacher should be able to challenge each child appropriately in an organized class. Be sure the teacher is in tune with the child's' abilities. If this is the case, you have to politely and professionally let the parent know you are using the age/ability appropriate progressions for their Remember that "The child. customer is NOT always right, but the customer is always the customer." Always refer to your philosophy and mission statement. If you have tried to educate the parent about appropriate child development, and age appropriate activities (which include FUN), and they still don't agree with your concepts, suggest attending another program for a period of time and compare programs. - - - - - - - - -- --1(

our customers understand that our lessons are built on education and fun. If you profess your company to be an "Olympic Training Center" then your parents expect constant work because you have set it up that way. Customers return to a business if their expectations are met and exceeded. If you do not give them what they expect up front and MORE, then you will lose them every time. Beth Gardner:

I diplomatically pause, and then thank the parent for noticing that


Jeff Lulla:

I don't think you can convince anyone of anything if they are stuck in their own perception. What you can do is provide clear objective information as to the child's aptitude and skill learning so it is not "opinion" that we are dealing with but clear facts. The bigger issue has more to do with "so what" if the child may be stronger, faster, or more skilled than the others in the class. As long as he is being challenged

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continues to learn and is still excited to return for more. I do want to add that as a teacher we need to do our best to place kids in abi lity peer classes as much as possible to help foster a positive and successful experie nce (and make our job easier). It can be a tough job teaching a class of many levels and ages if the goal is to create success for each student. If the parent explains to the teacher that her child is "better than any other child in the class," she may feel her child would be better challenged in a more advanced class (which may be the case regardless of who else is enrolled).

The way I see it - if a child is either bored or not feeling successful, it is the teacher's responsibility to fix the problem. Often finding another class with the same ability peers is helpful. 8eth Gardner:

agreeing with them that their child is "AMAZING." I brag on how well their child is doing and totally agree that their kiddo is doing "SO WELL!" I list all the things I am most impressed by in their progress, giving the parent the acknowledgement for which they are seeking. Then, I follow up those statements by saying, "What I am looking for before I advance her is ... " and I continue by saying, "confidence that she will continue to feel the success she is experiencing, when she does advance, so she will continue to be 'ahead of the game: This, generally, satisfies the parent. -

If you would like to submit a preschool related question send it to:

Jeff Lulla, Owner Fun & Fit Gymnastics, California, DeveLoper of Fun & Fit CurricuLum, Co-author of USAG Kinder Accreditation for Teachers, NationaL KAT Instructor, NationaL Safety Instructor Linda Thorberg, PreschooL Director TAGS Gymnastics, Minnesota, NationaL KAT instructor, USAG Region 4 TechnicaL Director Brevet Judge Patti Komara, Owner Patti's ALL Star Gymnastics, Indiana, DeveLoper of TumbLebear PreschooL Materials, Co-author of USAG Kinder Accreditation for Teachers, NationaL KAT Instructor Beth Gardner, Owner Heart of Texas Gymnastics, Texas, DeveLoper of littLe Champs PreschooL Materials, Co-author GAT Instructor Training Program 1 NationaL KAT Instr

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Twisting direction is one of the most important decisions to make in a young gymnast's career. The direction of the pirouette is an equal part of that equation. The question for the ages is: which direction do we teach twisting? There are many self-named experts on the subject, all of which throw out a load of hooey that confuses most of us. I have an opinion on the subject; however, it is not a solid method for determination. There is no such method. As soon as you think that you know, and have a set opinion, some mutant will come along and break all of your rules. So, here goes: The first determination is what I ca ll the half turn, half turn test. The first thing that is needed is 21 lines on the vault runway. All must be even ly spaced (about 2' feet apart.) The athlete does twenty jump 1/2 turns in successio n. Each time the athlete has a landing that strikes the mark (the majority of the foot.) it co unts as a hit. Do left twist first, and then follow with the right. Do both tests several times, or until you can draw a fai rly conclusive decision as to the directio n that has the greatest accuracy.

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she is from a perfect turn. Do the test in both directions several times. After you have a solid number of hits in either direction, count the hits and come to a determination as to the side with the greatest accuracy. I believe that you will find that it correlates with the scores from the first test. The final test is to determine the degree of haptic vs. optic orientation that each of the individuals possess. This, in large part, is igno red, mainly because of the lack of understanding that a vast majority of the coaching community has regarding the re lations hip of feel vs. see. The test is purely kinesthetic in nature, and should probably precede the other tests, by virtue of the primitive data

The next test will help to indicate twist direction, but will also help to determine whether the athlete feels (haptic), or see's (optic.) It is the full turn test. The test is started on a cross mark on the Spin floor. The athlete starts first by setting her feet perfectly on the mark. She then Test closes her eyes tightly, and executes a full turn. When she thinks she has completed the turn she must stop first, then open her eyes at your command. The score is given on how many degrees --1-=-'--=2--- - - - - - - - - -----1( TECH N IOU E

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that is gleaned from it. This test will enable you to better understand what you are seeing as the athlete undertakes the other tests, an d how to better interpret that data. Start the test by asking the athlete to stand facing away from a horizontal mark on the wa ll. They are then asked to exte nd both arms in a perfect horizontal line, without looking at them. The nearest to horizontaL wouLd indicate an athlete with a larger degree of haptic awareness. This will also indicate the degree in which an athlete needs to "see" in order to be oriented in certain skills. Facing the wall and viewing the horizontal mark can aLso be done. I have never done the test in that manner;

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however, I would be interested in knowing results of the altered test. I have added a grid to the picture to better ascertain the level of awareness that these athletes have. If it makes any difference, they are both left twisters. The athlete on the left is a predominant "optic" athlete, while the one on the right is a predominant "haptic" athlete.

These are the simplest ways to determine twist direction and teaching approach. They are not infallible, however they suffice where there is usually nothing but Mom, Dad, or an Academy Coach telling a kid to jump and spin . On the average, most athletes will twist the direction of their first striking hand in a round-off. Left hand down, twist left. Right, right. I think you get the idea. The problem with this is; the striking hand is usually the dominant pirouette hand. Which in fact would have them twisting on bars in the opposite direction of their twisting on floor. This isn't very problematic except for the hop twisting that will eventually come to them as they progress in the sport. I have literally pulled the hair from my head when I was unable to teach some of my top athletes a hop full. It's just a back layout with a full twist. It's not that hard, unless you are twisting in the wrong direction. Therefore, it can be concluded that pirouetting be taught in the same

direction as the natural twist direction. Right twist athletes, pirouette with the left hand and blind turn on the right. Left twist athletes pirouette with the right hand and blind turn on the left. Many will argue that it will take longer to teach the pirouette than if they were allowed to turn on the "dominant" hand, to which I strongly disagree. There will be no difference in the length of time used to gain mastery of the pirouette. If anything it wi ll be decidedly decreased, based entirely on

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The preceding tests can be done at the very early stages of development. As a matter of opinion, I ~ uggest that the determination be made as early as 5 to 6 years old . I believe strong ly that deciding on a course of action, then following it, is the key to coaching success. If twisting is done in the same direction on all events, the athlete will have a greater ability to transfer skills from event to event. Moreover, the onset of awareness will have been started at an extremely impressionable time. â&#x20AC;˘

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Sean became interested in gymnastics from watchi ng the 1988 Olympic Games on television. He has a great deal of support from his older sister, Tiffany, who plans for a career in medicine, and his father, Frost.


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Compu lsories Below are the new Elite Compulsories recently approved for use in 2002 by both the National and International Elite Committees. VAULT 1) The gymnast may perform one or two Yurchenko vaults in any shape. The best score will be counted. 2) Vaulting will be tested into a 'pit' with a resi-surface or level matting over loose foam. The lowest height of the landing area will be floor level. 3) Several layers of mats may be stacked to any desired height above the floor level for safety.

BARS 1) Standing outside the bars, facing the low bar, glide kip cast to handstand, glide kip cast to handstand then: A. do 2 clear hip circles in a row, OR B. do 2 stalders in a row, OR C. do 2 toe shoots in a row, OR O. do any 2 skill combination of the circles listed above 2) After the completion of the second "inbar" skill, you have a choice of doing an immediate piked backward toe circle or glide kip cast to handstand then execute a piked backward toe circle with legs apart or together. 3)Jump to the high bar and long hang kip and cast to handstand, to an immediate backward giant with a 1/2 turn (blind change or Higgins) to a handstand. 4)00 one full front or inverted front giant followed by 1/2 turn (pirouette) in a handstand. (legs may be straddled or together when passing the low bar, but must be together in the upward part of the giant swing). 5) Do one full backward giant swing followed by a layout flyaway.

through a handstand to "finish position", step(s) to prepare for and then execute a standing back tuck. 5) 5th PASS: Do a dismount timer that is the "root" of your personal optional dismount onto a resi-pit (minimum 32' high).

FLOOR All floor passes (both dance and acro) are to be done in a line, back and fourth along the side of the FX area (not across the diagonal). All transitions between major elements are to be done in high releve. 1) 1st PASS: Begin in an optional pose and take 2 to 3 steps into a 180· split leap and then take 2 steps into a 180· switch-split leap to "finish position", then step to passe and hold for 2 seconds (free leg optional). 2) 2nd PASS: Step(s) to side chasse to cat leap full, to step(s) to a preparation, then full turn to an immediate 180· straddle jump, take 1-3 steps (moving forward or backward) to a tour jete 180· split. 3)3rd PASS: With NO steps, jump hurdle front handspring, front saito tucked and "stick." 4)4th PASS: With NO steps, jump hurdle and round-off, BHS, back layout and rebound. 5) 5th PASS: Take only 1 or 2 steps and hurdle round-off to 2 whips saltos and rebound (the rebound may be spotted).

*The landing is evaluated by body position upon contact with the mat, sticking is not required.



Begin in a fifth position high releve' at end of the beam. All transitions between major elements are done on high releve.

• These compulsories are not routines; they are complexes that can and should be used every day as part of your basic training.

1) 1st PASS: with continuous forward movement, step and execute two high alternate kicks forward (L & R), two high alternate kicks sideward, and two high alternate kicks backward, 1 or 2 steps into a needle kick; lever out of the needle kick to high releve with foot closing in back, step(s) to the end of the beam and pivot 1/2 turn. 2) 2nd PASS: step into a 180· split jump connected to a 180· straddle jump landing in plie' and stretch to a "finish"; step(s) together and perform 2 connected 180· sissones; 1 or 2 steps hold releve position for 2 seconds with the free leg held in an optional position, step(s) to the end of the beam.

• The evaluation emphasis will be on the technique, form, execution and body shapes of the major elements, and not on transitions or choreography. • On Floor and Beam dance elements, the arms and head are always optional and may be used to accent the element and enhance the lines of the athlete.

• Placement of skills on beam and floor will be up to the athlete based on the number of step(s) used in performing the elements.

3)3rd PASS: begin with a leg lifted and execute a back walkover passing through handstand. Land on a bent or straight leg arabesque and finish in lunge position. Take a step(s) to prepare for 2 back handsprings (BHS) connected - each BHS may be a 1 foot, 2 foot, or any combination to a controlled landing.

• Vault, bars, and beam dismount landings will only be evaluated based on body position at point of arrival on the mat.

4) 4th PASS: Step(s) to prepare for front handspring to one or two foot landing or a front walkover beginning in scale and passing

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During my 30 years of coaching, I never had problems motivating my athletes to learn or try new tricks. Getting them to do BASICS and CONDITIONING is another subject! I have wo rked with very few athletes who were not coordinated enough to accomplish most skills and found that, in most cases, the lack of skill development was mostly due to poor basics or the lack of strength and flexibility to accomplish it. Did you realize that Physical Abilities (strength and flexibility testing) count 20% of the National Elite's All Around ranking at the Challenge meets? What better extra-added incentive for girls to not only "do" their conditioning, but to do it correctly! After placing in the top five in optionals, what girl wants to drop to 12th place because of a deficiency in her Physical Abilities testing? At the National Elite Level, basics/compulsories count for another 20% towards the final rankings. With the new compulsories built entirely around BASIC skills (those necessary to accomplish more difficult ones), our young athletes should have extra incentive to spend quality time on these "boring" (according to them) routines in order to prevent an even further deterioration in her All Around final placement at National Challenge meets. This whole process sounds very "user friendly" for the coaching community. "You don't want to do your basics correctly? You don't want to do your conditioning today? It's OK with me, just don't be upset when you finish in 6th after optionals then drop to 18th in the final All Around standings!"

Another "user friendly" aspect to the National Elite Program is the multiple chances the athletes have to qualify for a National "ranking" type of meet. I personally have had girls work all year with the dream of making it to the Level 9 East/West or the Level 10 Nationals, only to get injured or become ill the week before the meet. This is not to mention the girl who falls twice on beam, her first event at Regionals, and has to finish the meet knowing she has NO chance of qualifying for her year long dream. Our National Elite Program is split into two seasons. The winter season ends in late March with the American Challenge and brings together all qualified elites for a national ranking meet. After some "down time" to work on improving skills, execution or developing some more consistency, the second Elite season starts in late May and is concluded in mid-July with the U.S. Challenge. To make things even better, these meets are held in conjunction with the American and US Classics (for International Elites), so your gi rl(s) may even get to share a chalk box with Tasha or Krystal! Not only do you have TWO national ranking meet opportunities at the Elite Level, but there are also mUltiple chances to qualify to get to these national meets. There are usually TWO regional Elite qualifiers prior to all Challenges and Classics, certainly "user friendly"! -


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• To receive meet director certification - one must be a Professional Member, therefore maintain current safety certification. • Meet director exam is located on the USA Gymnastics web site. • The exam and the fee ( $15) is now sent directly to the USA Gymnastics National Office - Member Services. • See page 5 of the Women's Rules and Policies book regarding meet director policies 2. Skill Evaluator

• The skill evaluator must be an Instructor or Professional Member. • Only Instructor or Professional Members can become skill evaluators. • Skill evaluator's name and social security number is required on all Athlete Member forms for Level 4 athletes requesting to move up to Level 5.

Educational Services • Safety Certification • All disci lines • The current course and material will be in effect until August 2002. • The new Risk Management course and materials will commence in August, 2002. • This material will be in effect for the duration of the new cycle from 2002 through 2006. • A person may renew their safety certification up to one year ahead of their expiration date. • Safety certification is available to all individuals 16 years of age and older. • There is no grace period on safety and memberships. When they expire, they are no longer valid. There is a $50 fee for the safety course when an expired member takes the course. Free recertification is a member benefit for current professional members. • On-site registration fee is $25.00 for all members and nonmembers, plus any additional fees that may be due.

Sanctions • All disciplines • Sanction fees for 2002 are in effect as follows: $50.00 for events with up to 72 participants and $100 for events with more than 72 participants. The new form can be found on the USA Gymnastics web site or call Member Services at 1-800-345-4719 and a new form can be fa xed or mailed to you. • Reminder: a separate sanction request is required per discipline. • Separate event locations require separate sanction requests.

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The Minnesota Women's Gymnastics Foundation has inducted Julia Thompson Aretz and Greg Artez, owners of TAGS Gym nastics into the University of Minnesota Women's Gymnastics Hall of Fame. The selection process for this award includes candidates with years of service, all of whom have demonstrated commitment, integrity, excellence and innovation; all of whom have contributed to the growth of Minnesota gymnastics. TAGS Gymnastics was established in 1977 and is entering its 25th year of business with over 3400 students ages 2-18

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Dreams of Gold 7735 Haskell Avenue; Van Nuys, CA 91406

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Club - Flame Gym. Acad. Phone - 5011646-1616 Fax - 5011646-7723 Levels - W 4-10

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Club - Flames Gym. Acad. Phone - 602/942-7662 Fax - 602/942-0595 Levels - W 4-Elite Sun Devil Classic AZ State University; Tempe, AZ 85287 3/ 1/2002

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Byers Gym. Invitational CSU Sacramento; Sacramento, CA 95823


Mountain Center MC Meet 419 East Stuart; Fort Collins, CO 80525

Club - Gem State Gym Acad Phone - 2081853-3220 Fax - 208/853-902 1 Levels - M 7- 1; W 4-10


ILLINOIS Bravo Classic 30 W 315 Calumet Ave.; Warrenville, IL 60555 31112002

Club - Midwest Acad of Gym Phone - 630/393-6693 Fax - 630/393-6695 Levels - W 4-Elite

Club - Airtime Trampoline Team Phone - 860/928-2955 Fax - 860/928-2942 Levels - T 3-Elite


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Club - Golden Bear Gym. Acad. Phone - 5 I 0/642-0792 Fax - 5 I 0/642-8339 Levels - W 4-6

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Club - Fallbrook Gym Club Phone - 760/728-8582 Levels - W 4-6

Club - Golden Bear Gym. Acad. Phone - 510/642-0792 Fax - 5 I 0/642-8339 Levels - W 4-6

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Club - PJC Gym. Club Phone - 850/484-1319 Fax - 850/484-2588 Levels - W 3-10

Club - Mountain Gym Phone - 970/482-31 18 Fax - 970/493 -4095 Levels - M 6-1

Club - Gym. Olympica USA Phone - 818/785-1537 Fax - 818/785-1160 Levels - W 4-6

Club - Barclay's Gym Time Phone - 480/820-3774 Fax - 480/345-7629 Levels - M 7- 1

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Phone - 7 14/895-2909 Fax - 7 14/895-4982 Levels - W 4- Elite

Club - New Era Gym Phone - 203/281-1826 Fax - 203/407-1533 Levels - W 4-Elite

Chicago land Invitational 6360 S. Belmont; Downers Grove, IL60516 4/20/2002

Club - Elite Sports Complex, Inc. Phone - 6301968-2699 Fax - 6301960-5580 Levels - R 5-10, Group Flip Tops Pre-Qualifier Kewanee Armory; III N East; Kewanee, IL 61443 3/9/2002

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Club - Indy School of Gym Phone - 317/872-5948 Fax - 317/872-8834 Levels - M 7-1

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Club - Tumbling Express, Inc. Phone - 812/254-7673 Fax - 812/254-7673 Levels - T I-Elite

Level 7 Tune-Up Meet 2723 Kersten Ct; Kalamazoo, MI 49048


Club - Champion Gym. Phone - 502/267-5560 Fax - 502/267-9305 Levels - W 4-7

March Madness 2723 Kersten Ct; Kalamazoo, MI 49048

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LOUISIANA Pelican State Invitational 1973 Sixth Street; Mandeville, LA 70471 3/2/2002


Club - North Shore Gym Phone - 985/624-8310 Fax - 985 /624-8346 Levels - M 7-1


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Club - Harford Gym. Club, Inc. Phone - 410/879-3718 Fax - 410/877-7752 Levels - W 4-8


Club - Rising Stars Gym Acad Phone - 651 /730-4376 Fax - 651/730-4376 Levels - W 5-10

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Club All American Gym. Phone - 314/426-2496 Fax - 314/426-1 898 Levels - W 5-10

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10th Annual Indy Classic Men 's Invitational 9850 Mayflower Park Dr; Carmel, IN 46032

L 5, 7 and 8 Spring Fling Inv 2723 Kersten Ct; Kalamazoo, MI 49048



Club - Desert Gymcats Gym. Phone - 702/341-5852 Fax - 702/341-5853 Levels - W 4 - Elite Hilton Invitational Reno Hilton Hotel; Reno, NY 89595 3/ 1/2002

Club - Gymnastics Nevada Phone - 702/355-7755 Fax - 702/355-8167 Levels - W 4-Elite

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Fax - 5 13/870-3831 Levels - W 7-Elite

3/2/2002 Club - Star Bound Gym. Acad. Phone - 856/453-7996 Fax - 856/453-7559 Levels - W 4-10

NEW YORK Empire Classic 9659 State Route 49; Marcy, NY 13403

5/ 1912002 Club - Empire Gym and Dance, Inc Phone - 3 151735-4774 Fax - 3 151735 -4774 Levels - W 4-7 Heartland Classic 250T Executi ve Dri ve; Edgewood, NY 11 7 17

Invitational Event 1850 Manor Hill Road; Findlay, OH 45840

3/23/2002 Club - Gold Medal Gym Phone - 4 191425 -465 3 Fax - 419/659-6091 Levels - W 7-8 Marvelous May 1460 West Bagley Road; Berea, OH 44017

5/ 18/2002 Club - Thome-Ohio Gym Phone - 4401243 -1 21 1 Fax - 440/243 -1 2 15 Levels - W 4-10



Club - New Image Gym Academy Phone - 63 1/242-8 18 1 Fax - 516/242-9043 Levels - W 4-10

International Gymnastics Hall of Fame Myriad Convention Center; Okla City, OK 73102

611 9/2002 Long Island Classic Longwood Sports Complex; Middle Island, NY 11954

311 12002 Club - Long Island Gym Nest Phone - 516/924-9422 Fax - 516/924-7812 Levels - W 4-Elite Lucky Stars In vitational Jamestown Community College; Jamestown, NY 14701

3115/2002 Club - Stroup s Gym Phone - 7 16/665-8081 Fax - 7 16/665 -808 1 Levels - W 4-10 New York State Coaches Classi c 6796 Northern Blvd; E Syracuse, NY 13057

31212002 Club - Gym Connection 2 Phone - 315/437-4677 Fax - 3 15/437-4678 Levels - W 4-10

NORTH CAROLINA Clemmer May Mobility Meet 10420 Southern Loop Bl vd. ; Pinevill e, NC 28 134

5/4/2002 C lub - Clemmer Schoo l of Gym. and Dance Phone - 704/583-9998 Fax - 704/553-7026 Levels - W 5-8 Winterfest In vitational 804 McBrayer Homstead Road; She lby, NC 28 152

3/2/2002 Club - Starl ite Gym Phone - 704/434-72 82 Fax - 704/434-0804 Levels - W 4-10

OHIO Blue Chip In vitational Fairfield Hi gh Schoo l; Fairfield, OH 45014

Club - Bart Conner Gym Acad Phone - 405/447-7500 Fax - 405/321-7229 Levels - W 4-Elite

OREGON Shamrock In vite 1414 SE 18th Ave; Hill sboro, OR 97123

3/9/2002 Club Gym-Nest Ltd. Phone - 503/640-6378 Fax - 503/640-1029 Levels - W 4-10

PENNSYLVANIA Friendship Classic DOH Lenytl Sch-Martz Hall ; Pottsville, PA 1790 I

3/2 112002 C lub - Pottsville Gym Training Ctr Phone - 5701628-4966 Fax - 570/622-3352 Levels- W 4-Elite Invitational Meet 401 Martin Luther King Drive; All entown , PA 18102

3/2/2002 Club - Parkettes National Gym Ctr Phone - 610/433-00 II Fax - 610/433-8948 Levels- W 8- 10 John Pancott In vitational Church Farm Sch, Paoli , PA 19301

3/912002 Club - John Pancott Gym Ctr Phone - 6 10/647-9847 Fax - 610/644-8244 Levels - W 4-10 Lake Effect Stonn Spring Invitational 6813 West Ridge Rd ; Fairview, PA 16415

3/2/2002 Club - Lake Effect Gym School, Inc. Phone - 8 14/474-1835 Fax - 8 14/474-1024 Levels - W 4-9

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Rhythmic Challenge ....... ........................................... $15.00 Rhythmic JO Championships Levels 7&8 (4 Tapes) ........ $50.00 Rhythmic JO Championships Group Competition .......... $15.00 Rhythmic Olympic Games Group Finals .... ........ ...... .... .. $20.00



#2146 #2147 #2148 #2150 #2151 #2152


Men's 2001 Visa American Cup .......................................... $15.00 Men's 2001 Pontiac American Team Cup .... .......................... $15.00 2001 Men's U.S. Gymnastics Championships Jr. (2 Tapes) .................................. .. ........................ .... .. .... .. $25.00 2001 Men's U.S. Gymnastics Championships Sr. (2 Tapes) ...... $25.00

J.O. Program Compulsory Video Level 1-6 ............................ $35.00 Tammy Biggs & Larry Nassar's Incorporating Leg Swings into Your Workouts ...................................... .................... $20.00 Women's National Team Training Warm-Up Video .................. $15.00 Tammy Biggs & Larry Nassar's How to Train a Front Handspring Safely ................................................ $20.00 Tammy Biggs & Larry Nassar's How to Master a Perfect Handstand ........................................................ $20.00 Gheza Pozsar's Ballet Bar Training for Gymnasts .................. $10.00 Bela Karolyi's Running Training Video ................................ $10.00

#2376 #2377 #2378 #2379 #2380

2001 2001 2001 2001 2001

Rhythmic Challenge .................................................. $15.00 Kalamata's Cup (Greece)-Rhythmic Group Compulsories .... $15.00 U.S. Rhythmic Championships Jr. Days 1&2 (2 Tapes) .. $25.00 U.S. Rhythmic Championships Jr. Event Finals ............ $15.00 U.S. Rhythmic Championships Sr. Event Finals ............ $15.00


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Rhythmic Group Compulsory Video & Text .......................... $29.95 Rhythmic Ball Group Compulsory Video, Text & CD ............ .. $25.00


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1999 National Championships Double Mini SyncrojTumbling .............................................................. $15.00 1999 National Championships Trampoline .......................... $15.00 1999 World Championships .............................................. $30.00 1999 World Age Group Games ............................................ $30.00 2000 Olympic Games-Men's Trampoline Prelims & Finals ...... $20.00 2000 Olympic Games-Women's Trampoline Prelims & Finals .. $20.00


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Trampoline Code of Points Booklet ............ ...... .................. $10.00 Power Tumbling Code of Points Booklet ............ .................. $10.00 Double Mini-Trampoline Code of Points Booklet .................. $10.00 Trampoline & Tumbling Jr. Olympic Program Video .. ............ $20.00 Teaching Somersaults Video .............................................. $20.00 Basic Trampoline - The Beginning Steps Video .... .... ............ $20.00 The X-Factor - Twisting for Trampoline Video .......... ...... ...... $20.00 Front & Back Rotation - The Beginning Steps of Flipping Video .............................................................. $20.00 Roundoff, Power Hurdle & Mountai n Climber Video .............. $20.00


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2000 2000 2000 2000 2000

Visa American Cup Series-RCAjAussiejVisa Finals ............ $15.00 National Championships Jr. Competition .................... $25.00 National Championships Sr. AA Finals ........................ $25.00 National Championships Sr. Event Finals .................... $25.00 Pontiac International Team Championships ........ .......... $15.00


2000 Men's Olympic Games All Around Finals .................. .... $20.00

PLEASE NOTE All USA Gymnastics videos are designed to be used for educational purposes by gymnastics coaches and judges. All videos were produced with commercial equipment by amateur videographers unless otherwise stated. Our Olympic technical videos are presented from one camera angle and show the entire exercise without cuts, close-ups or other effects and enhancements. Except for women's floor exercise, the videos do not have sound. The Adanta Technical videos are available for purchase to USA Gymnastics members only.



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typically take place at the December camp.

Conference Call Minutes October 16, 2001

Motion: To Extend Invitations to Clay Strother, Cody Moore, Scott Vetere, and their coaches to attend the December Senior National Team Camp at their own expense.

Meeting called to order at 8:05 a.m. Pacific by Chair, Yoichi Tomita.

I. ROLL CALL Members Present: Yoichi Tomita MPC Chair & Sr. Coaches Rep. Tim Daggett Vice-Chair for Men (absent) Steve Butcher MPC Secretary & Jr. Coaches Rep. FIG Rep. George Beckstead Sr. Coaches Rep. Kurt Golder Bill Foster Jr. Coaches Rep. Mihai Bagui Athlete Rep. John Roethlisberger Athlete Rep. NGJA Rep. (voice, no vo te) Butch Zunich Ron Brant Men's Sr. Natl. Team Coordinator (voice, no vote) Dennis McIntyre Men's Jr. Natl. Team Coordinator (voice, no vote)(absent) Senior Director, Men's Program Ron Galimore (voice, no vote)

II. RICKY DEC I Ron Brant gave an overview of the tragedy and the aftermath.

III. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS UPDATE Ron Galimore reported that there have been several conference calls to discuss sending our team to the World Championships. Security is the primary concern. The training camp in France has already been cancelled. USA Gymnastics has sent a security person to Ghent to assess the security plan of the local organizing committee. We will await a report before committing our athletes. They are tentatively scheduled to depart this Saturday.

KGolder Foster UNANIMOUS

John Roethlisberger left call at 8:50 a.m.

VI. JASON GATSON REQUEST FOR A PROGRAM GRANT We are expecting a letter from Jason and his coach soon. He presently fulfills the Program Grant requirement of being on the National Team during the last 12 months. The only support Jason currently receives from the USOC is training space and he is not currently receiving Team Texaco Support. Motion: The MPC supports Jason Gatson's request to apply for a Program Grant Motion: 2nd: PASSED:

K Golder M. Bagui UNANIMOUS

VII. 2002 WINTER CUP CHALLENGE QUALIFICATION Motion: Keep the qualifying procedure the same for the 2002 Winter Cup Challenge, with one exception: change the qualifying years to 2000 and 2001 U.S. Championships - senior division. The years of 1998 and 1999 will be stricken from the years necessary to qualify. Motion: 2nd: PASSED:

M. Bagui B. Foster UNANIMOUS

Mihai Bagui and George Beckstead left call at 9:05 a.m.


IV. BUDGET UPDATE Ron Galimore sent out a 2002 budget overview on September 24 to the MPC members. USA Gymnastics funded the men's program at the same amount as the previous year. Additional revenue may be created. This could add potential funds to the new budget. Right now, we had to reduce the number of international invitationals from eight to four. The National Congress state and regional chair breakfast was also reduced. The Jr. and Sr. Elite Clinician Program will be continued with one visitation per athlete. The number of National Training Center athletes will also be reduced. Athlete and coach support will be increased. The Elite Program Grants will remain at the same level. The 2002 Qualifier to the USA Championships is one event that will help to increase revenue. This event will be held at the USOTC and run by USA Gymnastics. The Board of Directors must approve this budget. The Finance Committee has already reviewed this budget.

V. PROPOSAL FOR SPECIAL INVITATION TO THE SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM CAMP Ron Brant made a proposal that we offer three gymnasts an opportunity to attend the December Senior National Team Camp. These gymnasts must pay their own expenses. They are Clay Strother, Cody Moore, and Scott Vetere. All of these gymnasts made significant contributions to the senior team during the past year. It is also very important that we include their coaches in the strategic meetings that


Motion: 2nd: B. PASSED:

Ron Brant announced that Mike Dutka has left the Houston National Training Center. Dutka contacted Ron Galimore, but failed to inform his coach Kevin Mazeika or the National Team Coordinator. It was also reported that he has received a lot of financial support from USA Gymnastics.

IX. ADJOURNMENT Motion to Adjourn Motion: 2nd: PASSED:

K Golder S. Butcher UNANIMOUS

Conference call concluded at 9:15 a.m. Pacific. Respectfully submitted by: Steve Butcher, MPC SecretanJ Approved by: Ron Galimore, Senior Director, USAG Men's Program Approved by: Bob Cola rossi, USAG President

MEN'S PROGRAM COMMITTEE Conference Call Minutes November 30, 2001 Meeting called to order at 10:10 a.m. CST by Chair, Yoichi Tomita.

I. ROLL CALL Members Present:



Yoichi Tomita MPC Chair & Vice-Chair for Men Steve Butcher MPC Secretary & Jr. Coaches Rep. (absent, PAGU judging assignment) George Beckstead FIG Rep. Sr. Coaches Rep. Goined call at 10:55 a.m.) Kurt Golder Bill Foster Jr. Coaches Rep. Mihai Bagui Athlete Rep. (absent) John Roethlisberger Athlete Rep. Goined call at 10:15 a.m.) Butch Zunich NGJA Rep. (voice, no vote), (left call at 11:00 a.m.) Sr. National Team Coordinator (voice, no vote) Ron Brant Dennis Mcintyre Jr. National Team Coordinator (voice, no vote) Ron Galimore Senior Director, Men's Program (voice, no vote)

New PrDgram Malerials

II. NEW SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE TO MPC Yoichi Tomita was elected Vice-President for Men of the USAG Board of Directors, leaving the Senior Representative Position on the MPC vacant. The MPC will select a replacement for the remainder of Yoichi's term after soliciting input from the senior national team coaches at the upcoming Senior National Team Camp in December.

The following materials have been updated for 2001 and will soon be available:

III. 2002 WINTER CUP SESSIONS The competitors will be divided into two sessions for the 2002 Winter Cup. Session I The following gymnasts will be placed into the first competitive session at the 2002 Winter Cup Challenge: • Senior National Team Members • All pre-qualified athletes not meeting the criteria for participation in Session II • Approved Petitions' Session II The following gymnasts will be placed into the second competitive session at the 2002 Winter Cup Challenge: • Participants from the Senior Division at the 2001 U.S. Championships (except Senior National Team members) • Junior Elite National Team members (14-15, 16-18 age divisions) • Participants in the All Around Finals at the 2001 NCAA Championships • Approved Petitions - Petitions will be based upon videotape submission to the national office. Motion: 2nd: APPROVED:

B. Foster K. Golder Unanimously


2001 FIG Code of Points ..... ...........•.•.... •.•. .....•.. .•... $50.00


2001-2005 Women's JO Compulsory Book .. .............. $35.00


2001-2005 Women's JO Compulsory Musi c CD ............ $15.00


2001 TOPS ManuaL ............................. ...................$10.00


2001 TOPS Video ..................................................$15.00


Elite Testing Book ................................................ $10.00


Elite Testing Video ................................................ $10.00


2001 JO TechnicaL Handbook ................................ $25.00


2001-2004 FIG Code of Points ................................ $50.00


2001-2004 JO Compulsory Book .............................. $35.00


2001-2004 JO Compulsory Vi deo ............................ $19 .95


2001-2004 NationaL Team Progra m Video ................ $19.95


Physica L Preparation for Young and Begin ni ng Boys Video ....... ......... .. ...... .... .... $25 .00


Boy's Basic Ski Lls Achievement Program (BSAP)* .... .. $35.00 *IncLudes bookLet, wa LL ch art & vi deo



By George Beckstead - The 2002 World Championships will be held 200 miles outside of Budapest, Hungary. - In January the FIG Men's Technical Committee will meet on potential changes to the current Code of Points. The general philosophy of the Code will not change.


2001-2004 FIG Code of Poi nts ................................ $50.00


2001-2004 JO Compulsory Book .............................. $30.00


2001-2004 TechnicaL Book ...................................... $15.00


2001-2004 JO Compulsory Video ............................ $25.00


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2001-2004 JO Compulsory CD ................ ................ $15.00

Motion: Motion: 2nd: APPROVED:


2001-2004 FIG Code of Poi nts ................................ $50.00


2001-2004 JO Program Guide .................................. $30.00

To Adjourn J. Roethlisberger K. Golder Unanimously

Call adjourned at 11:55 a.m. CST Respectfully submitted by: Steve Butcher, MPC Secretanj (compiled by audiotape) Approved by: Ron Galimore, Senior Director, USAG Men's Program Approved by: Bob Colarossi, USAG President -------------------1(



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2002 NCAA WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS RULES REVISED & FINAL - 12/17101 The National Collegiate Women's Championships and all meets used to qualify will be conducted according to the FIG Women's Code of Points, with the Junior Olympic (Level 10) modifications as of 12/17/ 01. [Note: If the value of a skill GO) on events other than vaulting is raised after 12/17 / 01, it will be effective immediately.] All rules and guidelines for execution and compositional deductions as applied to the USAG-JO program (Level 10) will be used with the following collegiate modifications/ clarifications:

GENERAL • .30 deduction for competing out of order (taken from team score).

VAULT • Collegiate Vault Table (Effective August, 2001) • Gymnasts will perform one vault, the score of which will count. A gymnast will be afforded three attempts to go over the horse one time. Touching the board and / or the horse, without going over the horse, counts as one of the three attempts. • 1.00 deduction for touching the horse with only one or with no hands. • 1.00 deduction for failure to land on feet first. (includes fall) • 1.00 deduction for spotting assistance during the vault.

UNEVEN PARALLEL BARS SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (taken off of the start value as always): 1. Two bar changes 2. One flight element minimum of "c" 3. A different flight element minimum of "B" 4. "C" dismount with the following modifications: a. "B" dismounts will receive a .10 deduction (not .2) b. "C" dismounts preceded by the same two "B" elements or lower will also receive a .1 deduction (not .2)

4. #8.305 Gainer salto backward stretched, also with leg change in flight = D 5. #8.404 Salto backward stretched with legs together = E 6. #9.108 Gainer salto stretched with 1/2 tum, to side of beam = B (tuck and pike" A") 7. #9.208 Gainer salto stretched with 1/1 turn, to side of beam = C (tuck "B") 8. #9.407 Double salto backward tucked or piked = E CONNECTION VALUE EXCEPTIONS: B+D Aero Flight a. BHS(any with 2 arms)+ Layout step-out = no connection value B+E Acro Flight a. BHS(any with 2 arms)+ Layout with feet together = +.10 (not +.20) B+B+D 3 Acro Flight Elements a. Any variation or order of 2 BHS's (any with two arms) and a layout step-out = +.10 (not +.20)

FLOOR SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (taken off of the start value as always): 1. One aero series (3 flight elements, 1 a salto) 2. Another acro series, with 2 saltos (same or different) 3. 3 different saltos withirJ the exercise 4. Minimum 360 degree turn on one foot ("B" not required) 5. Dance series of 2 or more leaps, jumps or hops (one foot take off not required) 6. "c" dismount with the following modifications: a. "B" dismounts will receive a .10 deduction (not .2)

• All 1 II. saltos to prone landing will be valued one level higher than landing on feet



1. #2.307 Stag-ring leap or jump = D 2. #8.301 Salto forward take off from one leg = D 3. #8.304 Salto backward stretched with step-out = D


Note: Minimum of "C" saIto performed as the last isolated saIto or in the last saIto connection.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (taken off of the start value as always): 1. Acro series, minimum of 2 flight elements, both must start and finish on the beam 2. Dance or Dance/ Acro series of 2 or more elements 3. Minimum of 360 degree turn on one foot or knee 4. Leap, jump or hop requiring 180 degree split (front or side) 5. "C" dismount or "B" dismount preceded by and directly connected to any "C" element (acro or dance) with the following modification: a."B" dismounts not meeting the connection requirement will receive a .1 deduction (not .2) Note: A minimum "C" element performed a third time (no VP) may be used to fulfill S.R. 5 on beam. ELEMENTS VALUES DIFFERENT FROM LEVEL 10:

1. Bar height adapters may be used for regular season competitions. 2. If the bar height adapters are used during regular season competition, the gymnast will be allowed to place the springboard on two regulation size landing mats (up to 24 cm) to mount. The use of 20 cm-2 cm mats is acceptable. 3. Low bar must be adjustable to 165 cm and the high bar adjustable to 245 cm without the bar height adapters. 4. 1/2" plywood may be used under the springboard for mounting bars and beam. 5. If a gymnast has a broken/ tom grip, she may repeat her routine as the last team competitor or after the all-around competitor (specialist). If this does not allow for a sufficient amount of time to change grips or enough time to prepare, the gymnast will repeat the routine as soon as it is safe to do so. However, the time should not exceed five minutes.

[Note: Common sense and safeh) must always prevail.]

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6. A chalk arc line may be placed on the corners of the floor exercise mat. 7. Except for a small mark, chalk may not be applied directly to the beam. A small amount of chalk may be applied to the gymnasts' hand and feet as needed for safety. 8. If a mat used on floor exercise exceeds the boundary lines, the mat must be clearly marked with tape or chalk to indicate the actual boundary lines. Failure to mark the mat will resu lt in a .10 deduction taken off the average. 9. The maximum run distance for mounts on uneven bars and balance beam during championships competition is 271 /2'. If more than 27 1/2' of matting exists, the maximum run distance must be marked.

UNIFORM 1. During the 2002 championships, long-sleeve, short-sleeve or sleeveless one-piece leotards are permitted. Swimsuit apparel is prohibited during practice, warm-up, and competition at championship events. 2. Deduction of .10 for leotard above the hip bone. A warning must be given first.


3. There is no deduction for a matching (i.e., color of leotard or nude in color) sports bra that is exposed. 4. Backless leotards are permissible. 5. During championships competition, gymnasts must wear trunks that match the color of the leotard or be nude in color.

RULES 1. Reminder: Landing deductions are taken for lack of control and/ or movement occurring prior to presenting to the judges. (e.g., celebrating on the mat prior to presenting to the judges, failing to show a controlled landing prior to turning to present to the judges)

6. A gymnast who does not meet the uniform policies will be instructed by the meet referee that she is "out of uniform" and must comply with the uniform rules prior to returning to the competition . â&#x20AC;˘

SCORING 1. Open scoring is required and start values must be flashed. [Note: judges are to sit apart; all judges' scores will be flashed, simultaneously, with only the average raised.] 2. Reminder: The allowable score range between the two counting scores follows JO.


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WOMEN'S JR. OLYMPI( (OMMITTEE Addendum to Dec. 2001 minutes Following the announcement of the approval of the new Vault Table for the Level 9 and 10 athletes for 2002, many Professional members voiced concerns regarding the problems with training different optional levels on two different pieces of apparatus. In response, the following recommendation was made as an addendum to the minutes of the recent Jr. Olympic Committee meeting and subsequently approved by USAG President Bob Colarossi. Recommendation to:

1 • Give the Regional Administrative Committees the right to decide if the Level 8 athletes in their region have the choice to use the new vault table for the 2002 season. All states within a region must comply with their Regional Administrative Committee's decision . This decision must be made by the RAC no later than January 15, 2002. If the Regional Administrative Committee votes in favor of a choice: a. Both the conventional horse and the new vault table MUST be provided at the State and Regional Championships. b. The State Administrative Committee Chair must survey all the clubs in the state that have Level 8 gymnasts to verify the need for the vault table at the State Championships. The State Administrative Committee Chair must convey this information to the State Meet Director and to the Regional Administrative Chairman (who will contact the Regional Meet Director) in adequate time to insure the availability and space for the vault table if there are gymnasts who require it. c. If a state (or region) has no Level 8 athletes that require the new vault table, there is no need for the Meet Director to provide one.

2. Give the State Administrative Committee the right to decide if the Level 7' s in their state have the choice to use the new vault table for the 2002 season. This decision must be made by the SAC no later than January 15, 2002. If the State Administrative Committee votes in favor of a choice:


a. Both the conventional horse and the new vault table MUST be provided at the Level 7 State Championships. b. The State Administrative Committee Chair must survey all the clubs in the state that have Level 7 gymnasts to verify the need for the vault table at the State Championships. The State Administrative Committee Chair must convey this information to the State Meet Director in adequate time to insure the availability and space for the vault table if there are gymnasts who require it. c. If a state has no Level 7 athletes that require the new vault table, there is no need for the Meet Director to provide one. Motion: N. Resnick Second: 1. Reid PASSED

Note: If a State and/or Region allows a choice of vault apparatus, all meets below the State Championships have the OPTION to provide the vault table ' and MUST provide the conventional horse. Meet information must indicate the equipment to be provided. Update: Region 1,2,3 & 8 have voted to allow the option for Level 8's to use the vault table. Regions 4,5,6, & 7 voted against the option. . As stated in the December 2001 JO Committee meeting minutes, the Vault table will be the required vault apparatus, effective January 1, 2003. At the May 2002 meeting, the committee will be discussing the possibility of allowing State's rights to decide if all levels (5-10) have the option of using the vault table in the Fall 2002 season.

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Handspring Yamashita Yami '/ 2 '/2 on _1/2 off 8.4 8.6 8.6 8.3 8.5 8.4

7.8 8.0 8.2 8.0

Hsp - Fr. Tuck }I/2 Hsp Fr. Layout 1/1 Hsp - Fr. Layout 1'/2 1/1 on - Fr. Pike

2.402 Hsp - Fr. Tuck 1/1 2.403 Hsp-1/ 2BackTuckw/ ' /2 (Cuervo Tuck with '/2) 2.404 Hsp - Fr. Pike '/ 2 2.405 H sp - '/ 2Back Pike (Cuervo Pike) 2.406 Hsp - Front Layout 2.407 Hsp - Fr. Layout 1/2 Hsp - '/2 LO Back 2.409 1/1 on - Fr. Tuck

2.301 Hsp - Front Tuck 2.302 Hsp - Fr. Tuck '/2 2.303 Hsp - '/ 2, Back Tuck (Cuervo tuck) 2.304 Hsp - Front Pike

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9.2 9.4 9.4


9.6 9.6 9.6 9.7

Tsuk Tuck

9.3 9.0 9.1 9.3 9.4




5.301 5.307

5.201 5.202

RO '/2 on - Fr. Tuck RO 1/1 on -1/1

RO '/ 20n - HS 1/1 off RO '/2 on - HS 11/2 off

9.3 9.2

8.5 8.7


Yurchenko Tuck

9.2 9.4 9.0 9.1 9.4 9.2 9.3 9.4



Tsuk Tuck 1 /1 Tsuk Pike Tsuk Layout '/2 on - ' /2 Fr. Tuck '/2 on - '/ 2 Fr. Pike

Yurchenko Tuck 1 / 1 Yurchenko Tuck l' /2 Yurchenko Pike Yurch enko Layout Yurchenko LO 1 / 1 Yurchenko - '/2 Fr.Tuck Yurchenko -'/2Fr. Pike Yurchenko - '/2 Fr. LO

Yurchenko - Tuck 2/1 Yurchenko - LO l' /2

9.6 9.7

4.403 4.406

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9.5 9.5 9.5 9.7 9.7 9.7 9.5 9.7 9.6 .


RO 1/2 on - Fr. Tuck '/2 RO 1/2 on - '/ 2 Bk Tuck RO '/2 on - Fr. Pike RO '/ 2 on - Fr. Pike '/2 RO '/ 2 on - 1/2 Bk. pike ROI/2on - Fr.LO RO 1/1 on - Bk. Tuck RO 1/1 on - Bk. Pike RO 1/1 on - l/iFr. tuck



5.501 RO 1/2 on - Fr. Tuck 1'/2 .5.505 RO 1/2 ' on - 1/2 Bk LO Rei 1/2 on - Fr. LO 1/2 5.509 RO l /l .o n - Back LO


9.9 9.8

5.401 5.402 5.403 5.404 5.405 5.406 5.408 5.409 5.410

4.606 Yu rchenko - LO 21/2


3.302 3.303 3.304 3.306 3.307

9.8 9.9

9.5 9.5 9.5

3.504 Tsuk Layout 11/2 3.505 Tsuk Layout 2/1


3.402 Tsuk Tuck 1'/2 3.404 Tsuk Layout 1/1 3.407 '/2 on - '/2 Fr. LO (Phelps)

3.605 Tsuk Layout 21/2

4.506 Yurchenko - LO 2/1

4.302 4.303 4.304 4.305 4.306 4.307 4.308 4.309


WOMEN'S 2001-2004 FIG/ELITE VAULT VALUES, revised Jan. 3, 2002

1.101 1.103 1.104 1.105 Hsp - 1/1 Hsp - l' /2 Yami 1/1 '/2 - 1/1 '/2 - l' /2 1 / 1 on - Hsp


1.201 1.202 1.204 1.205 1.206 1.207

9.2 9.1 9.0


1.301 Hsp - 2/1 1.305 '/2 - 2/1 1.307 1/1 -1 /1

1.402 Hsp - 2' /2

2.502 2.507 2.508 2.509 '

10.0 10.0 10.0

9.6 9.6

2.601 Hsp - Double front Tuck 2.607 Hsp - Fr. Layout 2/1 2.609 1/ 1 on - Fr. Layout

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Member Club Invitational listing continued from pg. 27

Mardi Gras Invitationa l 274 E. Fifth St; Bloomsburg, PA 178 15 3/3/2002 Club - Co lumbia Acad Phone - 570/387-0539 Fax - 570/387-0195 Levels - W 4-8

RHODE ISLAND Ocean State Classic Rhode Island College; Providence, Rl 02908 3/2/2002 Club - Ocean State School-Lincoln Bra Phone - 401 /231 -6636 Fax - 401 1724-29 14 Levels - W 4- 10

TEXAS Houston National Invitational Rice University; Houston, TX 77005 3/812002 Club - Houston Gym Club Phone - 7 131729-3200 x3272 Fax - 813/551-7223 Levels - W 4 - 10

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2) Instructional Video demonstrates all skills and combinations from the Instructor's Manuals. Item #2323 (1-2), Item #2324 (3-4) .......................................... $10.00 each

USA Gymnastics Message cant. from pg. 4

3) Music Cassette includes short pieces of classical music. Combinations are choreographed to this music and are shown on the instructional video . Item #2314 (1-4) ........................ $10.00

pLanned for March, and wiLL allow clinicians from aLL over the U.S. and the worLd to work with the top sport acrobatics athLetes in the country. Materials on how to start and run a sports acrobatics program are being deveLoped as weLL as information on the basics of sports acrobatics.

4) Student Workbook is a personal record for each student to record progress. Illustrations throughout may be colored. Item #1305 (1-2), Item #1307 (3-4) ............................................ $5.00 each

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL AVAILABLE: How to Start a Rhythmic Program Item #1300 .................................$15.00 (A great resource taking you step by step on starting a rhythmic program. A wealth of information)

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We are very excited about the integration of sports acrobatics into the USA Gymnastics famiLy. We feeL the sport has a Lot to offer the gymnastics community. We encourage aLL of you to impLement sports acrobatics into your gymnastics program . Sports Acrobatics offers many benefits for athLetes, coaches, and clubs, and there is no extra equipment invoLved! Routines can be performed on basic paneL mats at the Lowest Levels of competition, and on a reguLar 40' x 40' spring floor for higher LeveLs of competition . More information about sports acrobatics can be found at Good Luck to the athLetes in aLL of the USA Gymnastics discipLines in the upcoming competitive season!

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2002 JR. OLYMPIC ELEMENT SUPPLEMENT The following element values are to be used at JR. OLYMPIC COMPETITIONS ONLY, beginning with the 2002 season. Elements marked by an asterisk * indicates that they are in the 2001 FIG Code of Points or the 2002 FIG Supplement (new elements from 2001 International competitions) but have been assigned a new number to correspond to the Jr. Olympic difficulty value. "S" before a number indicates that the element is not found in the 2001 FIG Code, but has been evaluated for the Jr. Olympic program. If the "S" number is the same as a number found in the FIG Code of Points, the element will be considered the same as the element(s) listed under that number, unless it meets the criteria which makes an element different. Note: Elite athletes who plan to perform any of the "S" elements at an Elite competition must submit the element to their Regional Technical Chairman for Elite evaluation. # for JO



# in FIG

Code Mounts S1.101

Glide, 1/2 turn, glide kip (also within the exercise)


Glide stoop through, straddle cut catch the same bar (also in exercise)


Jump forward with free straddle over LB, 1/2 turn to catch HB in "L" grip

e/ turn must be free 2








Salto forward (tuck, pike or straddled) over LB to L hang on LB




Jump to handstand on LB with hips bent, then extended with 1/2 turn




Salto forward tucked over LB with 1/2 turn to grasp LB




Jump to handstand on LB with hips bent, then extended with 1/1 turn in handstand



Cast to 11° to 44° from vertical, legs straddled (hips bent) or together (hips extended)



Casts/Counterswings S2.101 S2.102

Cast to squat, stoop or straddle on low bar, iump to grasp high bar




Uprise backward to clear support on HB. Also, Turning Uprise




Counterswing to straddle backward over LB to hang on LB




Cast to handstand with legs straddled (hips bent) or together (hips extended) with 1/2 turn, also to L or mixed-L grip Also, Cast to handstand, hop to reverse grip in handstand




Back uprise to handstand








Counterswing to straddle backward over LB to handstand on LB, also with 1/2 turn in handstand


Counterswing with


Cast to handstand, hop change to L-grip Cast to handstand with 1/1 turn in handstand, Also, Cast to handstand with hop change to reverse grip and 1/1 turn to L or mixed-L grip (considered as same element)


2.201 2.301


Back uprise to handstand, hop to reverse grip in handstand (McCalla)




Back uprise to HS with 1/2 turn in handstand, also to L or mixed-L grip Back uprise to handstand with 1/1 turn in handstand, also to L or mixed-L grip


2.203 2.303


From a cast on HB, swing down between the bars to a turning uprise and straddle forward over HB with 1/2 turn to regrasp HB (Wilson) Also, Back uprise, release with 1/2 turn and straddle flight backward over HB (Franzella)



Counterswing, straddle back to handstand on LB with 1/1 turn in handstand



1/ 2

turn in flight to arrive in a clear support on LB (Pritchard)


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Counterswing with 1/ 2 turn in flight to arrive in handstand on LB


Underswings/Clear hips S3.203

Underswing (toe-on) with 1/2 turn and flight over LB to hang on LB




From handstand on HB, underswing (toe-on) with 1/2 turn and flight over LB to hang on LB




On HB, underswing (toe-on) with 1/2 turn and flight over LB to handstand on LB




Clear hip circle to handstand, hop change to reverse grip




Clear hip circle forward to handstand, also with 1/2 turn (Weiler kip)


3.307 FIG-'02


On LB facing HB- Clear hip circle forward to immediate front salta over LB to catch HB (Pelaez)




HS on HB facing LB- underswing with 11 /2 turn and fli ght over LB to hang on LB (Strong)



Backward Giants 54.102

On HB- Long hang pullover to front support




On LB - Bckwd. Giant circle to handstand (either side)




On LB - Bckwd. Giant circle with 1/2 turn to handstand (either side)




Bckwd. Giant with hop grip change in handstand phase




Bckwd. Giant with 1/ 2 turn in handstand to any grip Also, Bckwd. Giant with 1/2 turn, 1/2 turn (different directions), also with legs straddled on 2nd 1/2 turn, also with hop grip change on 1st 1/2 turn




On LB - Bckwd. Giant with 1/1 turn in handstand (Borkan)




Handstand on HB, long swing (bail) 1/2 turn to hang on LB (Must start in HS to receive C value)




On LB faCing HB - Bckwd. Giant with release and 1/2 turn in tuck position with flight to catch HB, finishing in a hang on HB, facing LB (Laumann)




Bckwd. Giant with 1/1 turn in handstand, also to L (Mao) or mixed L-grip Bckwd. Giant with 1/1 turn in handstand with hop on first 1/2 turn (turns in same direction) Bckwd. Giant with hop-change to reverse grip and 1/ /1 turn to mixed-L grip (aka)


4.303 NIC 4.303


Bckwd. Giant with hop 1/1 turn




Bckwd. Giant with 2/1 turn


4.403 FIG-'02


Reverse hecht with 1/1 twist (Shushunova)




Hang on HB, facing LB - swing forward, salta backward. tucked or stretched with 1/1 turn between the bars to clear support or hang on LB (Pak 1/1) (Phillips)




Swing down between the bars, swing forward and salta backward stretched with 11/2 turn to hang on HB (Hristakieva)




Swing down between the bars, swing forward and salta backward stretched with 1/2 turn (Stretched Gienger) - (Hubbard & Martinjak)



Low Bar - Front Giant (rev. grip), also with 1/2 turn (start & finish in HS)



Forward Giant circles/swings S5.202 *5.302

Front Giant, also with legs straddled or hips piked in upswing, also with 1/2 turn




Low Bar - Front Giant with 1/ 1 turn in handstand




Handstand on HB, swing down forward (back toward LB) in regular or reverse grip, straddle flight backward over LB to hang on LB




Handstand on HB - swing down between the bars with grip change to cross grip, 1/2 turn in range of hangposition and swing upward to HS on HB, also with 1/ 2 turn (Shahaf)




Giant circle forward in reverse grip, hop to L-grip in HS (hands must release simultaneously) (Estella)




Front giant with regular grip (overgrip)-"slip-grip front giant" - (Galloway) Also, Front giant with 1 / 1 turn, also to L or mixed-L grip


5.202 5.302


Handstand on HB, swing down forward with back toward LB (regular or reverse grip) to straddle back over LB to handstand on LB




Jaeger salta tucked




Facing out on LB, LB Front Giant to salta forward to catch HB




L-grio front giant also wi th 1/2 turn




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From handstand on HB, swing down between the bars with 1/2 turn to brief hang with cross grip or change to regular grip, swing backward with salta forward piked to hang on HB (Garrett)




Mo salta (Circle swing forward in L-grip with salta forward tucked over HB to hang on HB in reverse grip)




Jaeger salta piked




L-grip front giant with piked or stretched body with 1/ 1 turn (or more) in H5, also L-grip front giant with release or hop-change grip to initiate 1/ 1 turn completed in handstand, also to Lor mixed-L grip




Long kip on HB, passing through clear straddle support - swing/press to handstand, also with 1/2 turn (Chow)




L-grip front stalder to clear support



Stalder circles


5talder forward with regular (over) grip (Boniforti)




5talder backward to handstand, hop-change grip in handstand




Facing out on LB, LB Front 5talder to salta forward to catch HB



Circle swings/hechts


5eat circle forward with straddle cut backward to hang on same bar




Pike sale circle backward (toe on & off) to clear support




Pike sale circle backward to handstand with hop-change to reverse grip




On LB- Pike sale circle backward through handstand with flight and 1/2 turn to catch HB (performed facing either direction) (Bykhovsky)




Underswing (backward sale circle) to a reverse hecht




From front support on HB, underswing with 11 /2 or 2/1 twist




From a cast, uprise or backswing to straddle cut, salta backward tucked, piked or stretched (Whipsalto-Tanac) on LB or HB




Underswing front salta tucked or piked (toe -on front salta)




Underswing 1/2 turn to salta backward tucked or piked (Comaneci)




Flyaway with double salta backward tucked




Handstand on HB- swing down forward between the bars with reverse grip to salta forward tucked with 1' /2 twist




From a cast, uprise or backswing, straddle cut to salta backward tucked or stretched with 1/ 1 twist or more on LB or HB (Tanac 1/ 1 or more)




Double salta backward tucked with 1/2 twist in 2nd salta (Elmore)




Flyaway, double salta backward in layout/ pike or pike/layout




Handstand on HB- swing down forward between the bars with reverse grip or clear straddle circle forward between the bars to a salta forward stretched with 21/2 twist




Giant circle backward (facing LB) to salta backward tucked over HB with 1/ 1 twist (Harriman)




Flyaway, double salta backward tucked with 1/ 1 twist on 1st (Moria lor 2nd salta (Chusovitina) Also, H5 on HB - swing down between the bars- swing forward to salta backward stretched with 1/2 twist into salta forward piked with 1/2 twist (Varga) Also, Flyaway, double salta backward tucked with 2/1 twist (Fabrichnova)



Flyaway, double salta backward stretched, **also with legs split


Bar Dismounts


8.404 8.604 8.405 **FIG-'02

Flyaway, double salta backward stretched with 2/1 twist (Ray) *8.506


H5 on HB-swing down between the bars-swing forward to salta backward tucked with 1/2 turn into salta forward tucked (Fontaine) Also, H5 on HB-swing down between the bars-swing forward with 1/2 twist to double salta forward tucked

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HS on HB-swing down forward between the bars in reverse or L-grip -swing backward to double saito forward tucked Also, HS on HB-swing down forward between the bars in reverse or L-grip swing backward to double saito forward tucked with 1/2 twist (Arai) Also, HS on HB-swing down forward between the bars in reverse or L-grip swing backward to saIto forward tucked with 1/2 twist into saito backward tucked




Hip circle backward on LB or HB - hecht to saIto backward with 1/1 twist




# in FIG

Note: Any double saito flyaway with twists on first or second saito = E # for JO


Code Beam Mounts 51.103

Straddle cut forward to rear support




Free jump to straddle stand (90° approach)




Split leap forward with leg change to straddle split sit sideways with support on one hand




Chest or head stand




Free forward roll at end of beam




Jump with hecht phase to Round-off -approach at end of beam




Free split leap forward with leg change (180° leg separation) onto end of beam Also, Straddle jump onto end of beam (180° leg separation)




Free jump to cross split sit -take-off from both legs-diagonal approach




Free jump with 1/2 turn to cross split sit - take-off from both legs-diagonal approach




Jump, press or swing to cross or side handstand with 2/1 turn in handstand-lower to end position touching beam or clear straddle support




Free jump with 1/1 turn in flight to stand




Jump, press or swing to cross or side handstand with 11/2 or 2/1 turn in handstandlower to planche or clear pike support




Salto forward tucked, landing in cross -approach at end of beam Also landing in side stand


1.314 FIG-'02


Salto forward piked to stand - approach at end of beam




Saito forward tucked with 1/2 turn to stand




Round-off at end of beam - Arabian salto to stand




Round-off at end of beam-saIto backward stretched with 1/1 twist to cross stand on beam



Beam LeapslJumps

Note: All jumps with 3/4 turn will have the same value as root skill with 1/2 turn unless specifically listed in this Supplement


Side straddle jump in cross or side position, hip angle minimum 150° For JO, recognize as a "C" (135° or more split) with insufficient split deductions


Stag leap forward with leg change







Cabriole (front or back)


Stretched jump with 3/4 turn




Split jump in side position with both legs straight (considered same as Henrich jump)




Straddle pike jump from cross or side position, also with 1/4 turn




Straddle jump to hand support with swing down to cross straddle sit, also with 1/4 turn Also, straddle jump to land in front support or with hip circle backward (Furnon), also with 1/4 turn




Split leap with leg change to straddle position - take-off and finish in cross position (Clauson)




Pike jump in side position (hip angle 90°)




Tuck jump with 3/4 turn - take-off both legs




Wolf hop (take off from one leg) with 1/2 -3/4 turn




Split jump with 3/4 turn, beginning from cross or side position




Straddle pike jump with 1/2 -3/4 turn from cross or side position



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Straddle jump with 1/2 - 3/4 turn to hand support with swing down to cross straddle sit Also, Straddle jump with 1/2 - 3/4 turn to front support or with hip circle backward




Pike jump with 1/2 -3/4 turn from side position Cat leap with 11/ 2 turn



S2.41O *2.501


Yang Bo jump in cross position Also, Split jump with 1/1 turn, beginning in cross or side position




2.401 2.401 FIG-'02


Straddle pike jump with 1/1 tum from cross or side position




Straddle pike jump with 1/1 turn from side or cross position landing in front support with or without hip circle backward or with swing down to cross straddle sit




Pike iump (take-off from two feet) with 1/1 turn (Cox) from cross or side position




Wolf jump with 1/1 turn from cross or side position




Wolf hop (take-off from one leg) with 1/1 turn Also, Wolf jump with 11/2 tum (Vituj)



1/1 Illusion




Shoulder roll forward with hand support




Shoulder roll backward




Shoulder roll forward with hand support and extension of body through vertical to arrive in a tuck stand or stand (Garrison roll with hand support)




Free backward shoulder roll (backward Garrison roll) (Kreifels)




Front walkover to bridge, 1/1 turn on one foot (one hand support) to sit




Back walkover to bridge, 1/1 tum on one foot (one hand support) to sit



Beam -Turns

*3.505 Beam - Rolls

Beam - Walkovers


Valdez with 1/2 tum in handstand




From extended tuck sit - walkover backward with 1/1 turn (1/2 turn m HS on one arm, second 1/2 tum with late support of second arm) (Diarnidov)




Aerial cartwheel landing in side position




From a side stand on one leg, swing free leg backward to Free (aerial) cartwheel to finish in side position (Aerial cartwheel across the width of the beam)




Jump backward (flic-flac take-off) with 1/2 twist to walkover forward (Onodi)





E 7.403

Beam - Saltos


Salto forward tucked (take-off from one or both legs) to extended tuck sit, also without hand support




From a straddle sit, cast and whip to front salto in straddle position to land on the hands to a cross straddle sit (Kivisto)




Salto backward tucked in side position (across the beam) Also, Salto backward tucked with 1/4 turn to land sideways on beam (Rosette)




Salto forward piked




Salto backward stretched with 1/1 twist



From a stand on one leg- swing free leg backward to a front aerial with 1/1 twist in tuck or stretched position off side of beam (Mabrey)




Gainer salto backward tucked or stretched with 11/2 twist to side of beam




Gamer saito backward stretched with 2/1 twist to side of beam




Double salto forward tucked




Gainer salto backward tucked with 2/1 twist off the end of beam (Wolf)




Double Arabian salto



Beam - Dismounts



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# for JO


JO Value

#in FIG Code

Floor Leaps/Jumps

Clarifica tions: All leaps and turning jumps finishing in a split sit or front lying support will be valued the same as the same element landing in a stand, unless specifically listed in the FIG Code of Points or updates. Any leap with 180° leg separation and a 1/1 (360°) turn will be awarded C value part credit. All jumps with 3/4 turn will have the same value as the root skill with 1/2 turn unless specifically listed in this supplement.


Stride leap forward with change of legs to wolf position




Backward or forward cabriole



Sl .115

Wolf hop (one leg tucked, one leg extended horizontally forward) - take-off from one leg




Wolf hop with 1/ 2 turn (take-off from one leg) Note: Hop with 1/2 turn with free leg extended above horizontal (take-off from one leg) remains "A"



*1 .216

Wolf jump with 1 / 2 turn (take-off from both legs)




Split leap forward with leg change and 1/4 turn to side split or straddle pike position Also, split leap forward with leg change and 1/4 turn to straddle pike position with landing in front lying support (considered a different element)




Split leap forward with leg change (180° separation angle after leg change) and 1/ 4 turn to side split or straddle pike position (Switch-side leap) with an additional 1/2 turn in horizontal plane to land in front lying support (Kosowski)




Pike jump with 1/1 turn (legs at horizontal)




Tour jete to ring leap with 1/2 turn 0ackson)




Stretched jump with 21/ 2 turn




Wolf hop with 1/ 1 turn (take-off from one leg)




Wolf jump with 1/1 turn landing in front lying support Wolf jump with 1/ 1 turn (take-off from both legs)


1.206 1.216


Split jump in place with 11/2 turn


1.302 FIG - ' 02


Straddle pike jump with 11 /2 turn - take-off from 1 or 2 feet




Stretched jum~ with 3/1 turn




Wolf hop with 11/2 turn (take-off from one leg)




Wolf jump with 11/2 turn (take off from both legs)




Wolf hop with 2/1 turn (take-off from one leg)




Wolf jump with 2/1 turn (take-off from both legs)




2/1 Illusion turn without touching floor with free leg or hand






Clarification: All handstands (any entry) with Jl/2 tum or more Kick or press to handstand with 11/ 2 turn in handstand




Back extension roll with 1/ 1 - 11 /2 turn in handstand




Handstand forward roll




Backward Roll tucked or piked




Walkover backward or Valdez with 1/1 turn in handstand




Flyspring forward with hecht phase befo re and after hand support - take-off and land on both legs (Note: landing on one foot remains "A")



FIG - '02

Floor - Turns

Floor - Rolls

Floor - Walkovers

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Floor - Saltos Forward *6.201

Front salta piked, also with 1/2 turn




Front salta stretched, also with 1/2 twist




Front salta tucked, piked or stretched with 1/1 or 11/2 twist




Front salta stretched with 2/1 twist Also, Front salta stretched with 3/1 twist


6.401 6.601 FIG- '02

Floor - Saltos Backward *8.201

Salta backward tucked, piked or stretched with 1/2 twist




Whip salta backward with 1/2 turn




Double salta backward tucked




Double salta backward tucked with 2/1 twist




Double salta backward stretched with 1/ 1 twist in 1st or 2nd salta, or with 2/ 1 twist



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USA Gymnastics Women's Program announces its inaugural. •• NATIONAL CLUB TEAM INVITATIONALS FOR COMPULSORY LEVELS 5 • 6 AND OPTIONAL LEVELS 7 • , 0 Two competitions will be conducted in Joliet, Illinois in the spring of 2002. Each club is invited to send one team of 4 gymnasts per level for Levels 5 and 6 and one team of 3 gymnasts per level for levels 7 through 10 to compete for National Club Team honors! Be a part of it II Complete information and registration forms are available at our web site at



Date: Sat.jSun., April 20-21, 2002 Who's invited? Any club in the US; entries accepted on a first come-first served basis. Only one team per level per club. Site: Aerial Gymnastics Arena, 2701 Black Road, Joliet, Illinois (approximately 45 minutes from Chicago airports) Entry fee: $65.00 per gymnast; $30.00 per team per level Deadline for entries is March 22nd. Format: Club Team competition (4 compete/4 count) per session using Modified Capital Cup format. 8 squads of 8 gymnasts (2 teams - 4 per club) for a total of 64 gymnasts per session 4 sessions per day: Level 5 competition on Saturday and Level 6 com petition on Sunday Awards: Awards for top 3 Teams per session plus awards for top 10 overall Team Champions per level. Individua l Event (top 6) & All-Around awards (top 10) per session. Meet hotel: Holiday Inn Express, 411 S. Larkin Avenue, Joliet, IL $69.00 per night plus 13% tax Reservations must be made no later than March 19th to insure group rate. Please call National Travel Services for reservations at 1-888-603-8747 Apparatus: Spieth-Anderson equipment will be provided. AAI Stratum boards also available. USAG Contact: (317) 237-5050 Connie Maloney, Women's Jr. Olympic Program Manager or Renee Behrens, Women's Program Assistant

Date: Fri., Sat./Sun., June 14-16, 2002 Who's invited? Any club in the US; entries accepted on a first come-first served basis. Only one team per level per club. Site: Aerial Gymnastics Arena, 2701 Black Road, Joliet, Illinois (approximate ly 45 minutes from Chicago airports) Entry: $75.00 per gymnast, $30.00 per team per level Deadli ne for entries is May 17th Format: Club Team competition (3 compete/3 count) using modified Capital Cup. 8 squads of 6 gymnasts (2 teams - 3 per club) for a total of 48 gymnasts per session, 4 sessions per day: Level 7 competition on Friday, Level 8 Saturday, and 2 sessions each of Level 9 & 10 competition on Sunday. Awards: 1st - 3rd place Teams per sessio n, plus trophies for the top 10 overall Team Champions at Levels 7 & 8 and top 6 overall Team Champions at Levels 9 & 10. Individual Event & AllAround awards (top 6) per sessio n. Meet hotel: Holiday Inn Express, 411 S. Larkin Avenue, Joliet, IL $79.00 per night plus 13% tax Reservations must be made no later than May 13th to insure group rate. Please call National Travel Services for reservations at 1-888-603-8747 Equipment: Spieth-Anderson equipment, including Vault table & conventional horse, will be provided. AAI Stratum boards also availab le. USAG Contact: Connie Maloney, Women's Jr. Olympic Program Manager or Renee Behrens, Women's Program Assistant

Schedule each day: Schedule each day: SESSION I




8:00 - 8:30 a.m. General Warm-up 8:30 - 8:45 March-in & warm-up for Flight 1 on first event 8:45 - 11:15 Competition 11:15 - 11:45 Awards 11:30 - 12:00 General Warm-up 12:00 - 12:15 March-in & wa rm -up for Flight 1 on first eve nt 12:15 - 2:45 Competition 2:45 - 3:15 Awards 3:00 - 3:30 General Warm-up 3:30 - 3:45 March-in & warm-up for Flight 1 on first event 3:45 - 6:15 Competition 6:15 - 6:45 Awards 6:30 - 7:00 General Warm-up 7:00 - 7:15 March-in & warm-up for Flight 1 on first event 7:15 - 9:45 Competition 9:45 - 10:15 Awards





Session IV

TEe H N 10 U E • FEB RUARY 2002

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. General Warm-up 8:30 - 8:55 March-in & 12 min . Flight 1 on first event 8:55 - 11:00 Competition 11:00 - 11:30 Awards 11:15 - 11:45 General Warm-up 11:45 - 12:10 March-in & 12 minute Flight 1 on first event 12:10 - 2:15 Competition 2:15 - 2:45 Awards 2:20- 2:50 General Warm-up 2:50 - 3:15 March-in & warm-up for Flight 1 on first event 3:15 - 5:20 Competition 5:20 - 5:50 Awards 6:00 - 6:30 General Warm-up 6:30 - 6:55 March-in & warm-up for Flight 1 on first event 6:55 - 9:00 Competition 9:00 - 9:30 Awards


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30 Decatur, GA; 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Varsity Gymnastics; Course code: - CC03302002GA Instructor: Christine Calvert Phone: 404/687-9911 30 livingston, NJ; 4:00-8:00 p.m. livingston Gymnastics; 355 Eisenhower Pkwy Course code: - CF03302002NJ Instructor: Cathy Finkel Phone: 973/ 335-1943


16 Milford, OH; 3:00-7:00 p.m. Dance Etc; 5985 Meijer Drive Directions: Tom Casper 513-576-1400 Course code: - SS031620020H Instructor: Steven Schoenbaechler Phone: 513/ 755-7162

Whitney, TX; 5:30-9:30 p.m. The Ranch Mexican Restaurant; 118 Washington Street Course code: -JE04032002TX Instructor: Janice Eyman Phone: 254/694-2065

23 Boonton, NJ; 9:00 a.m.-1 :00 p.m. Star Athletics Cheer Tumbling Training Cir; 85 Fulton St Directions: Sandy DeMaNia 973-299-2992 Course code: - PF03232002NJ Instructor: Phil Frank Phone: 856/ 786-3977

Mukilteo, WA; 3:30-8:30 p.m. GYMagine Gymnastics Directions: Kelly Donyes 425-513-5474 Course code: - KD04052002WA Instructor: Kelly Donyes Phone: 425/ 513-8700 10 Watertown, G; 6:00-10:00 p.m. USA Gymnastics; Course code: - lC041 0200m Instructor: Elizabeth Cornish Phone: 860/ 620-0510

24 North Canton, OH; 1:00-5:00 p.m. North Canton YMCA Gymnastics Center Directions: Colleen Eckel 330-498-4082 Safety 2002: Course code: - BF032420020H Instructor: Bobbi Montanari-Fahrnboch Phone: 614/ 777-9430

Mukilteo, WA 98275; 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Gymagine Gymnastics; Directions: Kelly Donyes Phone: 425-513-5474 Course code: - KD06092002WA Instructor: Kelly Donyes Phone 425/ 513-8700 22 Hilliard, OH; 1:00-5:00 p.m. Universol Gymnasts, Inc. Course cade: - 8F062220020H Instructor: 80bbi Montanari-Fahrnbach Phone: 61 4/777-9430

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Hilliard, OH; 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Universal Gymnasts, Inc. Course code: - BF090820020H Instructor: Bobbi Montanari-Fahrnbach Phone: 614/ 777-9430

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Technique Magazine - February 2002  

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